A Swiss man, looking for directions, pulls up at a bus stop where two
Americans are waiting. “Entschuldigung, koennen Sie Deutsch sprechen?” he
asks. The two Americans just stare at him. “Excusez-moi, parlez vous
FranÃ§ais?” he tries. The two continue to stare. “Parlare Italiano?” No
response. “Hablan ustedes EspaÃ±ol?” Still nothing. The Swiss guy drives off,
extremely disgusted. The first American turns to the second and says, “Y’
know, maybe we should learn a foreign language.” “Why?” says the other.
“That guy knew four languages, and it didn’t do him any good.”